Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: VART5902C

Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4218 - Certificate IV in Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sue Scott

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to identify fibres and fabrics commonly used in the construction of garments and accessories.


This course is a core unit in the program and is delivered concurrently with

MKTG5756C Identify Fibres yarns and textile materials (LMTTX2001B)

Projects and assessment tasks have been designed to directly link with each of these competencies to enhance your learning outcomes and follow textile industry practices.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTCL2003B Identify fibres and fabrics


Describe fabric construction processes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Fibres used in construction of a variety of fabrics are identified.

2.2 Construction processes of fabrics are described.


Describe qualities of fabrics

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Physical qualities of fabrics are described.

3.2 Visual qualities of fabrics are described.


Determine uses of fabrics

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Common uses of fabrics are identified.

4.2 Fabrics used in workplace are identified.


Identify fibres and fabrics

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Fibres used in clothing industry are identified.

1.2 Methods of identifying fibres are identified.

1.3 Fabrics used in clothing industry are identified.

1.4 Generic and trade names for fibres and fabrics are identified.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this unit will comprise of  a combination of
* class presentations,
* group work and discussions
* individual research assignments
* Sample  folio preparation.
* practical demonstrations
* analysis
* group
* online research
* independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

1Introduction. Overview/discussion of staple/filament fibres and fabric constructions View Clothing Fibres DVD. OHS requirements. Property definitions to be researched.
2Introduction to Wool and its uses. Fleece types and uses. Fibre samples.
Commence a fibre classification chart.
3Types of Animal Fibres and their uses. Fibre samples.
Discuss and demonstrate property definitions.
4Production of Silk, properties and uses. View Splendour of Silk. Fibre samples.
5Plant fibres (cellulose) Types and properties, add information to fibre property chart. Fibre samples. Review Animal fibre samples which will form part of folio.
6Paper making. Quiz
7Regenerated and Synthetic fibres. Types and properties, add to fibre property chart. Uses of fibres. Samples. Review Plant fibre samples which will form part of folio. Allocate Generic or Trade name Fibre/Yarn/Fabric topic
8Identify fibres, using microscope, burning and other methods. Complete Fibre Identification chart. Quiz
9Spinning processes Worsted, woollen, cotton systems, staple and filament spinning. Identify fancy yarns. Calculate tex of selected yarns
10 Generic or Trade name Fibre/Yarn/Fabric Presentation
11Different types of weaves using paper. Review regenerated and synthetic samples which will form part of folio.
12Examine woven samples of fabrics. Include Pile, jacquard etc
Allocate Fabric Indentification topics
13Weft Knit Use needles and other methods. Examine samples. Review woven samples which will form part of folio. Warp knits discuss and examine samples of fabric. Quiz
14Nonwoven fabrics different processes. Introduction to felting. Felt a sample.
Review Knitted samples which will form part of folio. Quiz
15Felt making. Make a scarf or bag.
16Fabric Identification presentations. Power Point .

Please note: this schedule may be subject to change

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Textile Terms and Definitions Compiled by The Textile Institute Textile Terms and Definition Committee Tenth Edition Printed and bound in Great Britain by Biddles Ltd.UK.
Textiles Eleventh Edition Sara J. Kadolph. Pearson Prentice Hall.
Textiles for Modern Living, E. P. G. Gohl L. D. Vilensky Third Edition, Longman Cheshire


Other Resources

Clothing Fibres - DVD

Nylon - DVD

You  will be expected to research fibres and fabrics and will be expected to source various samples to complete assessments.

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course you  must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of Competency.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Technical requirements documentation, homework and in class exercises, written tests, practical problem solving exercises and practical tests. 

You  are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment so the  relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment may  incorporate a variety of methods including:

  • Group tasks
  • Completion of learning activities, folios 
  • Quizzes workbook ,
  • Indvidual and group presentations

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks VART 5902C Identify Fibres & Fabrics

Ungraded assessment tasks - All assessment tasks must be completed to a satisfactory level to be deemed competent for this course.

1. Fibre/Fabric Property definitions. (Ungraded) CYC/NYC

Investigate a given fibre/fabric property and prepare class presentation. 

Graded assessment task

2. 4 Quizzes will be undertaken during the semester (see weekly planner). They will cover Fibres and Fabric constructions. 10% ea = Total 40%

3. Fabric Identification presentation. (Graded) 60% Research required information relevant to allocated fabrics and present in the form of a power point presentation.

Once all assessment tasks are completed to a satisfactory level and you have been deemed competent for this course assessment task 3 and quizzes will be graded and you may be eligible to receive a grade of Pass to High Distinction based on the work presented.

Assessment Matrix

Definition (ungraded) CYC/NYC
4 Quizzes (graded)
Presentation (graded) 60%
Identify fibres and fabrics. XX
Describe fabric construction processes.XXX
Describe qualities of fabricsX X
Determine uses of fabrics.  X

Other Information

This unit will be assessed in combination with other relevant units. MKTG5756C
Students must comply with OHS policies and procedures.
Students must wear closed toe sturdy shoes in all studios and workshops. 
Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher/tutor/lecturer on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects. Student feedback at RMIT :

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

Penalties for late assessment
Late submission or presentation of assessable work without an approved extension will be penalised as follows:
- Complete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark
- Partial or incomplete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark for the entire assessable work
- Work submitted after day 7 will be awarded an NN grade and 0% mark
- Weekends and holiday periods are included in the calculation of the late penalty
- Where a due date includes a specific time for submission or presentation, submissions after that time on the due date incur a 5% penalty.

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